Try a hair dryer to soften glue goo

  • By Judy Rae Kruse
  • Thursday, December 2, 2004 9:00pm
  • Life

Getting back to our goo removal project, Camano Island reader Sally Lathrop writes, “Regarding all of the good suggestions for removing labels/residue from bottles, I would suggest first using a hair dryer/blower on the dry label. This will soften the glue (if it is the right kind), and then the label can often be peeled off in one piece.

“That hair dryer can get very hot, so keep it from touching your hands, etc. Sometimes, undiluted liquid soap will also remove labels/residue. This doesn’t work on all glues, but is the least messy method I have found, if it works.

“Otherwise, I go to Plan B and use some of the other suggestions.”

Lathrop adds, “Here’s a recipe for a dessert that’s quick to prepare that we like very much. Also, fat man’s delight is too-ooo good! I would think coconut would be a good substitute for nuts in the crust layer for anyone like Bonnie Teeters who can’t eat nuts.”

Peach cobbler

1/4cup butter

1cup flour

1cup sugar

1/8teaspoon salt

1tablespoon baking powder

1/8teaspoon nutmeg

1/2teaspoon cinnamon

1/4teaspoon lemon peel

2/3cup milk

1can (16 ounces) peaches, sliced or chopped (see note)

Cream or ice cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a 9-inch square baking pan. Sift or stir together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon; stir in lemon peel and milk. Spread in baking dish over butter. Top with sliced or chopped peaches, including syrup. Do not stir. Bake about 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm with cream or ice cream.

Recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

Note: If desired, blackberries, blueberries or other fruit can be substituted for the peaches.

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